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Last updated 25th July 2022

Participants in Bishop Julian and Heather's thank you video; plus other thankyous

Video thankyous

The following is a list of participants in the thank you video above for Bishop Julian and Heather as they retire from the Diocese. Listed in order of appearance ... 

  • Stephen Whittaker, Interim Diocesan Secretary
  • Tracy Austin, Head, Brindle St James
  • Charlie Atkinson, pupil, Brindle St James
  • Fay Cross, pupil, Brindle St James
  • Harry Corish, pupil, Langho St Leonards
  • George Kenworthy, pupil, Langho St Leonards
  • Muhammad Sange, pupil, Langho St Leonards
  • Imogen Johnson, pupil, Langho St Leonards
  • Dawn Lindley, Head, Langho St Leonards
  • Rev. Sarah Gill, Bishop's Adviser on UKME issues; Vicar of Blackburn St Stephen and St James and Asst Archdeacon of Blackburn
  • Very Rev. Peter Howell-Jones, Dean of Blackburn
  • Rev. Anne Beverley, Dean of Women's Ministry and Vicar of Christ church Wesham
  • Rev. Alistair McHaffie, Vicar, Risen Lord Preston
  • Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster
  • Louise Hunter, St Andrew's Leyland
  • Fr Damian Porter, Torrisholme Parish
  • Kelly Quinn, Archdeacon of Blackburn's Secretary
  • The Ven. Mark Ireland, Archdeacon of Blackburn
  • Rev. Ian Sarginson, Vicar Buckshaw Village Church
  • Rev. Susan Salt, Curate, Lancaster Priory
  • Rev. Neil Salt, St Michael's Grimsargh
  • Rev. Jane Atkinson, Vicar of St John's, Little Thornton and Director of Training (IME2)
  • Rt Rev. Philip North, Bishop of Burnley
  • The Ven. David Picken, Archdeacon of Lancaster
  • Rev. Munawar Din, Vicar at St Cuthbert's Church, Burnley and St Luke's Church, Brierfield.
  • Nimi Ellery, St Stephen's Preston
  • Rev. Nicholas Davis, St Cuthbert's, Darwen St Cuthbert with Tockholes St Stephen
  • Rev. Mike Print, Vicar St George's Chorley
  • Rev. Canon Dr Simon Cox, retired clergy and former Area Dean of Blackpool
  • Rev. Sam Cheesman, Bishop's Chaplain, based at Bishop's House near Ribchester
  • Gloria Birdsall, Licensed Lay Minister, St Peter's and St David's, Fleetwood 
  • James Robinson, St James Clitheroe
  • Janet Sanderson, St James Clitheroe
  • Irene Hanson, St Stephen's Preston
  • Rev. Nick McKee, Diocesan Director of Vocations
  • David Barlow, St John's Whittle-le-Woods and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance 
  • Bob Collins, Holy Trinity Hoghton and Chair of the House of Laity
  • The Most Rev. and Rt Hon Stephen Cottrell, Archbishop of York
  • Sue Taylor, churchwarden, Mereside St Wilfrid
  • Fr David Craven, St George's Preston
  • Kathryn Sperring, St Thomas' Garstang, ordinand
  • Rev. Dave Hanson, St Stephen's Preston
  • Captain David Thorpe, Preston Deanery and Church Army 
  • Sam Walmsley, St George's Preston
  • Rev. Mike Barton, St Laurence with St Paul, Longridge
  • Stephanie Rankin, St Stephen's Preston and Lay Chair of Preston Deanery
  • Matthew Graze, St Laurence with St Paul, Longridge 
  • Pat Pinder, St Stephen's Preston
  • Alison Wynne, St John's, Whittle-le-Woods, Parish Administrator

Post-service thank you messages

  • Bishop Geoff, retired Bishop of Lancaster: “I would like to add to all that Philip North said in the service abut Bishop Julian. I have particularly appreciated experiencing the fruits of the Spirit that work in him that was so good in our Bishop's staff context. I have appreciated his passion for the gospel, his high regard for the word of God and for the team that he formed around him. It was a blessing to be part of that team."
  • Rev Tristram Mears, Curate, Rufford and Tarleton: “Two weeks ago Bishop Julian ordained me Deacon to serve in Blackburn Diocese and I am so very grateful for the welcome I have received and I bid him a fond farewell.”
  • Rev Brian McConkey, Vicar of Ribchester: “It has been a privilege to work in Blackburn Diocese with Bishop Julian, who very generously awarded me an Honorary Canon position here at the Cathedral. I wish him and his wife Heather all the very best for a long and happy retirement.”
  • Rev Sam Cheesman, Bishop’s Chaplain: “Bishop Julian and Heather, thank you so much for your support and your prayerful ministry. We will pray for you as you have prayed for us. I wish you every blessing in your retirement.”
  • Keith MacIntosh, St Andrew’s Leyland, and former sports ministry ambassador for the Diocese: “I’m very grateful to Bishop Julian for his fantastic support, his friendship, his leadership and his service in his ministry of the Gospel. And of course the fun he put into it all!”
  • Geoff Woods, All Saints Higher Walton: “We are so grateful to Bishop Julian for appointing our Vicar, Rev Hannah Boyd in 2019. It’s the best thing that’s happened to us for a long time! And it was wonderful that Bishop Julian and Heather were able to take part in our outdoor carol service last year."
  • Rev Susan Seed, Rector of St Luke, Slyne with Hest, St Wilfrid, Halton and St Saviour Aughton: “It’s been a special day for me today because it was just before I was ordained that Bishop Julian came to Blackburn. He has always been really supportive of me personally, even down to a birthday card and Christmas card every year. Those little things have meant such a lot.”
  • Patricia Wilkinson, LLM at  Baxenden St John with Accrington St Paul: “I just want to say thank you to Bishop Julian and Heather for your help and support over these last nine years, and especially over the last two difficult years for our church. We’ve been held up with your support, your humour, and supporting us in some tough decisions.”
  • Joan Doerich, LLM at St Andrews Langton: “I would just like to wish Bishop Julian and hs wife Heather all the best for their retirement.”
  • Mark Ashley, Vision Champion, All Saints Appley Bridge: "Thank you Bishop Julian and Heather for everything you've done for us."

Social media: Selection of comments from Facebook

  • Margaret Taylor: Lovely service yesterday afternoon in Blackburn Cathedral. All good wishes on your retirement Bishop Julian and Heather.
  • Bridget Woodhouse: We missed being with you, but every blessing for a wonderful retirement, with love in the Lord, David and Bridget. 
  • Miriam Wardell: Blessings to you both x everlasting memories of 17 April 2014; sorry could not be there today. 
  • Sue Taylor: Thank you Bishop Julian for your service.
  • Karen Ormesher: Farewell Bishop Julian, a pleasure to have met you. Hopefully we will see you again at St James The Great Church Wrightington.
  • Christine Bielby: Sending love to you; from Christine and Brian.
  • Dyson Chombo: God bless. 
  • Arun John: Our best wishes.
  • Dorothy Klemm: Enjoy your retirement. God Bless you both.
  • Olwen Sudders: Much love and prayers. 
  • Dorothy Jones: Blessing and prayers for your continuing journey. 





Ronnie Semley, July 2022





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